A Real Christmas Gift For A Dollar - 11/08/13

  As you head out in the next few weeks to pick up things on your Christmas shopping list, you will almost certainly take meals out you would normally take at home.  Let me suggest a few places where you can satisfy your hunger and someone else's at the same time.

  Dalts on White Bridge Road, Burger Up on 12th Avenue South and Noshville Deli locations are among more than two dozen Nashville eateries taking part in a program called Street Smart.  It invites patrons of participating restaurants to add a dollar to their bills to help feed Nashville's homeless.

  The program is an arm of Room In The Inn which sends people with no place else to go Nashville area churches to spend the night.  One hundred percent of the money raised by the Street Smart program goes to feed the homeless.  The kicker is it's only from November 29-th to December 31-st.  Last year, diners contributed nearly twelve thousand dollars. 

  For a complete list of the participating restaurants go to www.roomintheinn.org/streetsmart  It's just a dollar and every penny will be used to help feed the hungry right here in Nashville Please help spread the word.

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

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PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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